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Friday, February 6, 2009

Senator Stabenow: Just another liberal wanting to quash criticism

Senator Debbie Stabenow was on Bill Press's hack radio show where she admitted she was going to open up hearings with talk radio headh honchos in an effort to bring accountability to talk radio. Folks, this is the first salvo in trying to bring back the Fairness Doctrine. Since Obama was inagurated a little over two weeks ago we have seen how hard-Left the Congress has swung. Former Black Panther turned congressman Bobby Rush is sponsoring a piece of firearms legislation. The House passed and the Senate is still deliberating the trillion dollar Pork-A-Palooza, Generation Theft Act of 2009 (soon to be followed up by a trillion dollar omnibus spending bill). And now Debbie Stabenow is talking up the Fairness Doctrine:

BILL PRESS: Yeah, I mean, look: They have a right to say that. They’ve got a right to express that. But, they should not be the only voices heard. So, is it time to bring back the Fairness Doctrine?

SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI): I think it’s absolutely time to pass a standard. Now, whether it’s called the Fairness Standard, whether it’s called something else — I absolutely think it’s time to be bringing accountability to the airwaves. I mean, our new president has talked rightly about accountability and transparency. You know, that we all have to step up and be responsible. And, I think in this case, there needs to be some accountability and standards put in place.

BILL PRESS: Can we count on you to push for some hearings in the United States Senate this year, to bring these owners in and hold them accountable?

SENATOR DEBBIE STABENOW (D-MI): I have already had some discussions with colleagues and, you know, I feel like that’s gonna happen. Yep.

We already have a bloody standard. It's called the First Amendment. Talk radio isn't inciting violence. It's not calling for people to break the law. She blames "right-wing talk show hosts" for causing all the hassle that Congress is going through right now, and she wants it silenced.

Need I have to remind the senator from Michigan of a little roadblock to the Fairness Doctrine. I'm sure that Robert Byrd could give her a hand with his handy pocket Constitution. She may have even heard about it eons ago when she was in school supposedly learning.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

The First Amendment strictly forbids such restrictions. We have laws on the books that regulates certain speech. You can't yell "Fire" in a crowded theater or other large event with a ton of people involved. You can't defame someone or their reputation (slander) or print anything that defames someone (libel). You can't threaten the president, vice president, or any other officer of the federal government. (And I believe that actually extends to state officers such as the governor, legislators, etc.) We have restrictions -- common sense restrictions -- on speech.

The Fairness Doctrine isn't common sense. It's a blatant attempt by Democrats to quash criticism. See, this is how it works, folks. We see it in the Stimulus that they want power and control. When threatened by opposing ideas, they seek to silence it. Talk radio is very influential in this country. On any given day people like Rush Limbaugh can command an audience of over 20 million listeners. Many of those listeners tune into Sean Hannity, Hugh Hewitt, Laura Ingraham, Dennis Prager, Mark Levin, etc. Some of them, like Hannity, Prager, and Hewitt, have opposing viewpoints on their show whether it's listeners calling in, or ideological opponents. (This past week, Michael Medved interviewed former president Jimmy Carter.) It's not like they don't have opposing viewpoints on their shows.

But that's not good enough for totalitarian speech cops like Senator Stabenow. they want it shut down. They want AM radio to go back to the boring horse manure that was killing the industry prior to Rush Limbaugh's emergence on the scene in 1988. Senator Stabenow is married to Tom Athans who is a former executive of the failed Air America. he's been in the business for awhile so he knows that talk radio is a business.

Liberal talk radio doesn't fare well in America. It's depressing, nasty, and not a money maker. If it did work then Air America wouldn't have floundered. There would be more, nationally-syndicated shows than just Bill Press. Ed Schultz, and Alan Colmes. Whenever the Left in DC is taking it on the chops, as they are over the Pork-A-Palooza "stimulus", they start screaming about shutting down talk radio. Any time they face criticism they start talking up the Fairness Doctrine.

They can't handle criticism, folks. Like little petulant children, when they hear from us, they stick their fingers in their ears, yell "la, la, la, I can't hear you!", and threaten to shut us up. And I say us because we have a voice on talk radio. We have similar views to those we listen to. The left would call it an echo chamber, and they dislike that. Well, we don't like their echo chambers of MoveOn.numbnuts, DemocratUnderground, and the kooks at the DailyKos. Can we shut them down?

No, we can't. And we shouldn't be allowed to. They have the same damn rights we do.

Readers here know full well who I am. They hear me often on Hugh Hewitt's show. They know I'm not a nut and that I'm a serious thinker. (This week is a prime example with the views I've posited on his show about the Pork-A-Palooza.) I don't do nutcase Art Bell-like radio. I don't deal with seething liberal radio. I listen to conservative talk radio. (My balance comes in going to the liberal websites I cited above.) I don't need balance on the radio. Radio is the last vestige we have of conservative thought. The Left controls network and cable TV network.

But the Left continues to push the idea that radio is the "public's airwaves." That's a fallacy. It's not our airwaves. Radio stations PAY to have their broadcasting rights. They charge advertisers fees so they can keep their stations going. And I might add that those advertisers have no problem with conservative talk radio because they know that people will buy their goods and services. Talk radio is good to those businesses.

Senator Stabenow is following the same sort of playbook that the Left has followed for decades. They have ceased to be free thinking Democrats -- the ones established by Thomas Jefferson. They have become the totalitarian socialists thinkers prominent in the 60's and 70's. They don't stand for free speech or free thought. They want people to simply give up everything and agree with them. Give up everything for the good of Mother Government.

202-224-3121. Call up Senator Debbie Stabenow and give her a piece of your mind. Tell her to stay out of the radio business because like every other liberal out there, she's just as much a failure as their idea of talk radio is.

Publius II


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